Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ
May you feel the living Christ accompanying you on your journey. Let us pray:
as we remember before you the thousands who have died,
surround us and all who mourn with your strong compassion.
Be gentle with us in our grief,
protect us from despair,
and give us grace to persevere
and face the future with hope
in Jesus Christ our risen Lord.
As we travel through each day, let us lean in to a budding season, absorbing this day’s rain, just like your Word and Presence, to strengthen us for the best springtime of our lives, when slowly we will be able to move, meet and gather together. Let us encourage one another as we do this.
During Wednesday evening’s Zoom meeting, we have read up to Chapter 11 of Mark’s gospel. Do join us even if you are at home. We are enjoying the continuous reading, and many interesting questions are raised in terms of the content and also of the different translations we are using. The link is: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2091141378?pwd=c0pJbXNqNWJUUDl4SnJUMXVBVVNEdz09
In 10 days’ time we will start the season of Lent, and here are our plans:
On Shrove Tuesday, you are invited to join the Zoom group at 7pm for a special service. We plan to have pancakes to share virtually. The link is through MoragAnne Elder https://us02web.coom.us/j/856-1019298
On Ash Wednesday, you are invited to join us on Zoom for a service at 8pm. The link is through Betty Evans, and it is:
LiveLent is a booklet with daily reflections, which we will purchase and distribute to you, and it is free! We can travel through the days and hold each other in prayer, or if you would like, choose a friend to chat to about what your experience is. We intend delivering the booklets to your doorstep.
Through Lent, the two Zoom groups will share a weekly reflection and video. We will send you the link so that you can watch it on your own.
Sunday services in Lent will be virtual, and you will be receiving a link each week to watch a service. It will be comprised of contributions from the churches in Tayport and ourselves. It will be a wonderful gathering of our communities.
World day of prayer is on Friday 5th March, and we will give you more details closer to the time.
READINGS FOR SUNDAY ARE:
Isaiah 40:21-31; 1 Cor.9:16-23; Psalm 147: 1-12; Mark 1:29-39
Jesus’ ministry of healing is in full force. People seem to wish for healing of their afflictions and ailments before understanding and the teaching of the gospel. Jesus heals a range of ailments, yet he makes time for lengthy and personal prayer. How could this apply to you and to me? One view is that our world, country and neighbourhood, our friends and neighbours need prayerful nurturing whilst the rest of our lives might show the wear and tear of Covid and lockdown. Let us stay in touch, healing where our prayers lead us, led by what comes from our personal prayers to God who walked the earth in the form of Jesus. He is our first point of conversation, and that soothes and inspires us to do God’s will.
May God bless you richly
Revd Katharine Ann Barrable M Ed., M Th
Grace and Peace be with you